One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operettas is given a hilarious, sexy and sequin-spangled spin.
Mistaken identity, star-crossed lovers, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper.
Aboard the good ship H.M.S. Pinafore, the captain’s daughter, Josephine has fallen in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite her father’s plan to marry her to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. As the lovers lament their predicament and plan their escape, a surprise disclosure from an unlikely quarter shows that not all is as it seems.
Featuring the classic songs 'I am the Monarch of the Sea', 'I’m Called Little Buttercup' and 'He is an Englishman', H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp satire of the English social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age.
Directed by Kate Gaul and premiered at the Hayes Theatre in 2019 to rave reviews, this dazzling production “reinvigorates the comic operetta for an audience today, giving it a fabulous, fresh spin” (Limelight).